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Legion Thanksgiving meals
The American Legion Post 3 will deliver Thanksgiving turkey dinners to the elderly, shut-ins and needy in the Cape Ann area on Thanksgiving Day. To order a dinner, call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m., or 978-283-7117, and give your name, address, telephone number and number of meals. The cut-off date is Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. The Post will also serve free turkey dinners at the Legion on Thanksgiving Day as long as they last starting at 11 a.m. Volunteers and drivers are needed. Financial aid, produce and especially pies are needed. Monetary donations may be mailed to: American Legion, P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122.
‘The Writer’s Block’
The next episode of “The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. Features Susan Jhirad, a Ph.D. in romance languages and literature from Harvard University and a retired professor from North Shore Community College. Jhirad has just published “Dickens’ Inferno: The Moral World of Charles Dickens.” The text traces the moral depths of Dickens’ novels and assigns villains to appropriate circles in Dante’s Inferno. The book explores the nature of evil in society.
Trinity Church, 70 Middle St., will hold its Christmas fair Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features fresh holiday greens, unique handcrafts, jewelry, homebaked goodies, a fish chowder luncheon ($6) with apple crisp (from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while it lasts), a silent auction, children’s crafts, books, white elephant Christmas items, and photos with Santa.
CATV’s Santa party
Cape Ann TV will host its annual Santa party Monday, Dec. 9, 3 to 7 p.m., at the CATV studio, 38 Blackburn Center. Children are invited to come to the studio and meet Santa Claus. Their meeting with Santa will be videotaped and shown on CATV’s Channel 12 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The annual event is a free and open to the public. CATV is a Project Uplift children’s toy and teen present collection site for families in need. Although it is not necessary to bring a gift, you may drop off a new, unwrapped toy or new clothes for a child, or gift card for teens up to age 14. Call 978-281-2443 or visit www.capeanntv.wordpress.com.
Author book talk
The Gloucester Writers Center, along with co-sponsors The Bookstore of Gloucester and the Cape Ann Forum, are bringing noted author Alan Weisman to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., to discuss his newly released book “Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth.” A donation of $10, $5 for seniors and students, is requested. Proceeds benefit the Gloucester Writers Center. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org or call 978-283-7738.
The next cursillo ultreya and pot-luck supper will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, after the 4 p.m. Mass at St. John the Baptist Parish in Essex. The pot-luck is at 5 p.m., followed by the ultreya at 6 p.m. Singer/songwriter Jaymie Stuart Wolfe will be the guest speaker and music minister. All are welcome and need not have been on a cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.
Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to register for upcoming eight-week computer classes in January. Classes are open to all ages: Beginners/Level I, Level II, Microsoft Word, E-mail and Internet, Digital Photo, Facebook, Kindle, iPad.
Registration for Cape Ann youth lacrosse, which is open to boys and girls in grades one through eight is now underway. Register online at www.capeannyouthlacrosse.org.
Cape Ann Referral Group
The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.
Cancer Survivors Group
Cancer Survivors Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester.
Action Inc.’s Adult Basic Education classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.
Cape Ann Thrift Shop
Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Shop is located on Middle Street.
Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cape Ann Thrift Shop
Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.
The Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet is made possible through the volunteer efforts of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Family Parish. Proceeds benefit local families in need. Call 978-283-7391.
Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.
A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.
Healthy Streets Program
Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.
SeniorCare is looking for volunteers for its AARP Money Management Program, to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities manage their daily finances, such as bill paying, reconciling bank statements, budgeting, etc. Volunteers typically serve 4 to 6 hours per month. After initial training, bimonthly training is provided, and a year’s commitment is asked. Visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.
Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:
“Together We Can” — Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.
“Living Clean” — Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.
“Keeping It Real” — Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.
“Fishing for Recovery” — Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.
For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.
Fish and Ships Pass
The Cape Ann Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Maritime Gloucester have launched the Fish and Ships Pass, a multi-venue ticket that provides admission to all three venues for one price, $18. Passes will be on sale at all three locations through Labor Day, 2013. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org, www.maritimegloucester.org or www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.
Help the homeless
The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.
Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.
The Annisquam Exchange, a nonprofit fine consignments shop is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. A portion of consignments is gifted back to the community to help those in need.
seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.
Launch the Adventure
Schooner Adventure is looking for electricians, plumbers, painters and other capable volunteers to help with projects needed for USCG certification. Call 978-281-8079 or email email@example.com.
The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.
Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use the Washington Street entrance. No fee. To pre-reregister, call Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.
Friends of Seacoast
The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved on may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
Reiki for seniors
Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.
The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. Free 30-minute screening required; plus $3 fee per class. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.
Senior Day Care
The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.
Yoga for seniors
The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Wicked Local Media Solutions to hold a “brown bag” lunch series of workshops and seminars to bring local business up to the speed of the digital marketing age. The first workshop kicks-off at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the chamber conference room, 33 Commercial St. Pack a lunch and join us to learn what Facebook, Twitter and other social media can do for your business. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. Register early to ensure your spot. Call Gregory Walsh at 978-283-1601.
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.
The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.
A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.
A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.
Blue Star Banner
Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.
The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., seeks men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. Volunteers are matched with parents, beginning year-long mentorships/friendships. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rose Baker Senior Center’s art programs are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. Projects are on-going and on display throughout downtown Gloucester. For more information, call 978-281-9765 and ask for Juni.
Class of 1984
The Gloucester High School Class of 1984 is looking for addresses for these classmates: William G. Anderson, Philip Barnes, Christina Bates, David Beauparlant, Erik Bocelle, Denise Bruni, Lisa Byrne, Donna Cabral, Richard Brooks. Kevin Collins, Phil Curcuru, Patrick Dailing, Alexander DaSilva, Steve DeCoste, Susan DeCoste Durgin, Juliana DaHaan, Jeff Diamond, Kelly Drohan, Joseph Frontiero, Katherine Gove Carpenter, Mark Grant, Thomas Hall, Barbara Hand Goveny, Jane Haseldine, Audrey Heussi, Heidi Hinkley Scola, Jeffrey Holmberg, Paul Hubbard, Ricky Johnsen, Dawn Korthas Levie, Eddie Lannon, Sandra LaRosa, Phyllis Levie, Alison Lifson, Howard Lodge III, Greg Lord, Dan Lukegord, Kevin Mahoney, Russ Martin, Tim Moriarty, Erika Morris, LaRayne Muise Frankenberry, Adam Munroe, Dexter Murray, Joe Nadeau, Kristine Nelson, Tim Noble, Dan Noseworthy, Lisa Oakes, Susan Osier, Anthony Parisi, Fred Peeler, Victoria Perry, Edmont Pouliot, Lori Quigley, Kathy Record, David Repyak, John Ryan, Victoria Sampsel, Stephanie Saulnier, Stacey Saunders, Aldon Sawyer, Michael Silva, Paul Soper, Katherine St. Cyr, Brian Swanson, Pam Tedesco Provencher, Maria Tzioumas, James Tolman, Ron Troy, and David Webster. The 30-year reunion will take place in August of 2014. E-mail Caryn Linquata Ryder at Carynryder1984@gmail.com.
Breast Cancer Group
The Breast Cancer Support Group at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of the hospital. Preregistration is not required.
Cancer Support Group
The Cape Ann Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Preregistration is not required.
Open enrollment information
Seniors can make changes in health insurance plans during open enrollment through Dec. 7. To schedule a time with a SHINE Counselor at the Rose Baker Senior Center, call 978-281-9765. Sefatia Romeo Theken is available on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. Lydia Bertolino is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday each week.